Barry Diller

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Diller, von Furstenberg Clone Their Dog (Twice)

Billionaire and his wife now have 2 puppy clones

(Newser) - Barry Diller loves his dog, Shannon, so much that he and wife Diane von Furstenberg cloned her—twice. The IAC chairman and the fashion designer likely paid as much as $100,000 for the cloning, Page Six reports, and a rep for Diller confirms they now have two new puppy... More »

Dating App Tinder Demotes CEO

Sean Rad's demotion follows suit alleging 'frat-like' environment at company

(Newser) - It was a phone call Sean Rad wasn't expecting to get last month: an FYI from IAC honcho Sam Yagan informing him Barry Diller's company was demoting him as CEO of Tinder, the business he co-founded. A Forbes exclusive today reveals that Rad is indeed out of the... More »

TV Belongs to the People, Not ABC

Barry Diller explains why Aereo is legal

(Newser) - Next week, the Supreme Court will hear ABC v. Aereo, in which the venerable broadcast network will argue that Aereo—a pay service that lets customers stream network TV content to any device they want—is piracy. "This, quite simply, goes against everything the broadcast industry has agreed to... More »

Sold: Newsweek

Iconic magazine had been up for sale since May, goes to IBT Media

(Newser) - First Newsweek was unloaded for a dollar . Then it merged with the Daily Beast . Then it underwent a series of scandals over dubious cover choices and fact-checking . Then it ended its print edition . In the latest step for the once-iconic magazine, Barry Diller's IAC has sold Newsweek to IBT... More »

Barry Diller's IAC Grabs for $300M

New York Times Company to unload business it bought for $400M

(Newser) - The New York Times Company is shedding and its sister sites, and they're being snapped up by Barry Diller's IAC. The Times Company had earlier considered a $275 million bid by, but will instead sell the About network to IAC for some $300 million... More »

Barry Diller Steps Down as IAC CEO

IAC cuts ties with Liberty Media

(Newser) - Barry Diller stepped down as CEO of his IAC media empire today, but he will stay on as chairman, he announced in a press release. Greg Blatt, former CEO of, replaces Diller; Diller will retain the largest voting share in the company, which he can increase from 34%... More »

It's Official: Newsweek, Daily Beast to Merge

Companies make announcement amid rumors

(Newser) - It's official: Newsweek and the Daily Beast will merge. This morning's announcement comes after yesterday's rumors —and despite last month's report that merger talks were killed. Tina Brown will in fact serve as editor-in-chief of both Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast; current Beast president Stephen Colvin will be... More »

Newsweek, Daily Beast Will Merge: Report

Tina Brown will run both editorial staffs

(Newser) - It looks like the rumored marriage between Newsweek and the Daily Beast website is a go after all. The New York Observer says the two will announce a 50-50 merger tomorrow morning. Beast editor Tina Brown will run both staffs with "strong editorial independence," writes Nick Summers, citing... More »

Daily Beast, Newsweek Kill Merger Talks

Tina Brown, Stephen Harman unable to agree on editorial control

(Newser) - The Daily Beast and Newsweek have pulled off a pre-marital divorce, reports the Wall Street Journal , with merger talks breaking down over the weekend over the finer points of editorial control. Though both parties stood to save costs by consolidating the editorial staff, the Journal notes that Beast co-owners Tina... More »

34 US Billionaires Pledge Half Their Money to Charity

Michael Bloomberg, Barry Diller, Larry Ellison among them

(Newser) - Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have convinced 34 more billionaires to sign onto their “Giving Pledge” initiative , promising to give away at least half their money to charity. The list includes the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner, Barry Diller, Larry Ellison, and T. Boone Pickens, Reuters reports. “... More »

10 More Celebs Who Really Need to Come Out

Like Ricky Martin, it's just so obvious

(Newser) - Ricky Martin finally came out, and the world said, “Duh.” On Gawker , Brian Moylan lists 10 more public figures who really need to admit they’re gay already—after all, the rest of us know. View the list in the gallery—or, for 10 more celebrities who also... More »

10 Other Ill-Timed Potty Breaks

In honor of the Nigerian who stayed in Flight 253's bathroom for an hour

(Newser) - The Nigerian man who found himself dragged from the tarmac in handcuffs after spending an hour in the bathroom of Northwest Flight 253 might feel better knowing he’s in good company. Gawker revisits a few other poorly-timed bathroom breaks in a list Azaria Jagger admits is basically “an... More »

Ralph Nader Pens Odd Utopian Novel

Super-rich save the world in 736-page 'fictional vision'

(Newser) - Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and sometime presidential candidate, has written his first novel, the New Yorker reports. Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, out tomorrow, is a “practical utopia” in which real-life characters undertake a fictional quest to—progressively—save the country. Over the course of its 736... More »

Silverman Leaves NBC, Goes Digital

Will head new company created with Barry Diller

(Newser) - Ben Silverman is leaving NBC Entertainment and hitting the Internet, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The division's co-chair—who may have jumped and may have been pushed—will partner with Barry Diller and IAC to create “a next generation enterprise that bridges the gap between traditional television and the... More »

Top 50-Something Studs

The WowOWow ladies list their picks

(Newser) - Older men can be sexier than callow youths, such as Leonardo and Brad—or so the ladies of WowOWow report, in their list of the top 50 sexiest men over 50. The elite:
  • Rocker Bruce Springsteen
  • Author James Patterson
  • TV host Charlie Rose
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Biden Attracts West Wing Love

Richard Schiff, who played White House insider, is candidate's Hollywood connection

(Newser) - He probably wouldn’t merit a Washington appointment, but Joe Biden’s biggest Tinseltown fan has small-screen political experience, the Los Angeles Times reports. Richard Schiff, who won an Emmy for his role as White House communications director on West Wing, is stumping for his “real deal” candidate this... More »

IAC, Liberty Make Peace Over Spin-Offs

Media bosses Malone and Diller finally bury the hatchet

(Newser) - The months-long feud between media barons John Malone and Barry Diller over IAC spin-offs has ended amicably, the Wall Street Journal reports. Malone's Liberty Media, the majority shareholder in IAC, will drop its opposition to Diller's plans to divide IAC/Interactive Corp into five separate entities. Liberty will have the right... More »

IAC Plans Wave of Web Startups

African-American search engine launches today

(Newser) - IAC/Interactive Corp plans to launch a host of new websites as it readies to split off some of its older ones into separate companies, the Wall Street Journal reports., a search engine aimed at the black community, goes live today. Other startups, including a news site, a personal... More »

Diller's Trials Far From Over After IAC Verdict

Efforts to break up the company face major stumbling blocks

(Newser) - Barry Diller might have won control over e-commerce company IAC/InterActiveCorp from rival John Malone in court Friday, but the CEO’s real trials have just begun. With the economy tanking and credit markets tightening, Diller’s plan to break up IAC into five “baby Barrys”—including Ticketmaster and... More »

Diller On Top in Liberty/IAC Ruling

Judge rules IAC chief can proceed with spin-off plans against Malone's wishes

(Newser) - Barry Diller took round one today in his feud with fellow billionaire John Malone: A Delaware judge ruled that Malone can’t force Diller out of Interactive Corp. for trying to break up the company, Bloomberg reports. The ruling prevents Malone's Liberty Media from seizing control; Liberty has a minority... More »

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